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Mamiya Help!!
Old 03-31-2003, 10:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi kids!
My grandmother just gave me a Mamiyaflex TLR camera. It is the last of the cameras my grandfather had. She's been giving them to me for gifts over the years. She just moved and found this last one.


This is the camera (pic is from someone else's website), but for the life of me I can't figure out how to open the bellows. Any one with a camera such as this who might be able to assist?
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Old 03-31-2003, 11:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ed,
If you are looking at the camera head-on, the larger knob on the bottom left should open/close the bellows, allowing you to focus. You should be able to find copies of the owners manual online.
A good starting point is http://medfmt.8k.com/mf/index.html

This camera was one of Mamiya's first attemps to bring a "pro" TLR to the mass market. Although not as smooth as the Rollei/Rolleiflex, it is a nice TLR to play with. The optics were on the plus side of decent. They made improvements to this line with the C22/220/33/330 series for professionals.

Hope this helps, and have fun playing,
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There\'s a locking knurl.
Old 03-31-2003, 11:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I believe the locking knurl is on the left side of the body.

This is an excellent camera, with fine optics. It is an older model, though, and has a parralax issue which requires a parralax correction device, (called a paramender), if you do much close work with it.

The lock/unlock switch on the side, is to facillitate lens changes.

As I recall, this old model requires manual cocking of the shutter, ( as well as manual adjustment of the aperature), separate from the film advance, which is a knob, and not a crank. (I used this one in the 1960's.)

As I recall, the magnifying viewer can be released by depressing the sport finder in the lid.

The hood has a small knurl to release it from the body, at the center back of the hood.

The bellows has exposure and parralax correction scales on the side of the bellows frame.

The little studs on the viewfinder hood, are for attaching masks for various lenses to the sport finder.

I can't recall whether this had the rotating plate to change from 120 to 220 or not. If it does, that will be indicated on the middle of the back, in a small rotating knurl.

When loading the film, be sure to take care in inserting the leader into the spool, to be certain the film advances properly, and be sure to fully roll the film onto the take-up spool, before opening the back, as it must roll several inches to fully roll-up.

You will see the images reversed from right to left, so it may take a little getting used to.

That's about all that comes to mind. I still own a Mamiya C33, a much less older model of that camera, with a lot more automatic features and indicators, than this base model.

The basic style of this camera, made it a great favorite of photographers, as it would do a lot of different kinds of work. The great glamour photographer, Peter Gowland, based his design of the Gowlandflex 4x5 twin-lens camera, on this design.

Hope that's of some help. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
 
 
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I'd say that about covers it!

Thanks, Rick! Now I can't wait to get home to try all of this out.

The glass needs a good cleaning, and I do wonder about the condition of the bellows since its been in storage for about 35 years. Still, running a roll of film through it after I figure out the basic control is an inexpensive test.

Thanks again!
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If there's anything else, just e-mail me, and I'll see if I can help. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
 
 
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The Mamiyaflex I mentioned above is not really the same one that my grandmother gave me. Mine does not have bellows. It seems to be a fairly straight forward basic manual TLR. Still doing some research, and I'll take a few digital shots to see if I can research value.

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...They occasionally have operator's manuals for these things - usually around $7 depending on condition.

After sitting for 35 years, I'd also be tempted to pay the $90 or so they charge to go through, clean and lube it. With a little care, these things last forever. I have a Yashicamat that, while not as nice of optics, is in the same category. Even thought it's mainly a backup for my Bronica, I still use it a lot in summer for scenics and such.

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Try www.photobooksonline.com He has a pretty good selection from what I remember. Good luck!
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the best place for out of print camera manuals....
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